Waterfront Condos Proposed Near American Legion Park



A 10-unit condominium complex on the St. Ignace waterfront beside American Legion Park may be realized through a Planned Unit Development (PUD) process, a new concept city planners are probing. Todd Hargraves, a Moran Township resident and former Mackinaw City motel owner, presented his plans to the St. Ignace Planning Commission Wednesday, September 20, to build the complex on property […]

Young Hunters Prepare for Safe Season



Keeley Gough, a sixth grade student at Cedarville Middle School, takes aim with a bow and arrow at the Les Cheneaux Sportsman’s Club in Cedarville Wednesday, September 27. The bow shooting station was taught by Jim Brewer (left) as part of the Cedarville Hunter Safety Program taught by Tom Moore of Cedarville since 1972. Students learn firearms shooting, bow shooting, […]

Worksites Go Smoke-Free This Saturday

Restaurants, Bars, Casinos Exempt

A smoke-free work site regulation goes into effect in Alger, Mackinac, and Schoolcraft counties Saturday, October 7, to protect employees against the effects of secondhand smoke in most area businesses. The regulation requires businesses to offer their employees and patrons an environment free from secondhand tobacco smoke in all workplaces except for restaurants, bars, and casinos. The Luce, Mackinac, Alger, […]

Boat Building School Secures Cedarville Site

Plans To Break Ground This Fall, Open in June 2007

The Great Lakes School of Wooden Boat Building moved a step closer to construction in September, closing on its purchase of the Joyce Cram home and property in Cedarville Friday, September 15. Executive Director Dave Lesh and new business manager Michele Fiering are in the process of moving into the former home that will house the offices and retail space […]

Restrictions Affect Properties Near Mackinac Island Airport

Authorities Report There Are No Plans To Expand Runway

Mackinac Island residents continue to speculate that homes may need to be torn down and that ongoing tree and brush removal at the airport is being done to accommodate larger and more aircraft. While Mackinac Island State Park authorities deny these accusations, they do say that aviation regulations could affect private land development in the western approach to the airport […]

It’s ‘Ice Time’ at Little Bear



Terry Smith, a maintenance worker at St. Ignace’s Little Bear East Ice Arena and Conference Center, sprays another layer of water on the ice rink. Painting will be done throughout the week. The rink is scheduled to be open to the public Monday, October 9.

Craftsman Skills of Willard Luepnitz, 87, Can Be Seen Throughout Brevort Twp. Area



On a mid-August day, under a bright sky in Moran, Willard Luepnitz, 87, gave the new gate at the Malachi Lodge on M-123 a swing. The hinges turned smoothly, the gate shut with a satisfying click, and Mr. Luepnitz turned for home, adding his latest mechanical feat to a list of projects that have spanned most of his life, ventures […]

Efforts Pay Off as Disc Golf Course Begins To Draw Players to St. Ignace



Four years of enthusiastic effort have paid off for Steve DuFresne and Mike Wildner, the minds behind Moran Township’s 24-hole disc golf course at Doc Holle’s Silver Mountain Ski Hill, which hosted its second tournament Saturday, September 30, a successful event that Mr. DuFresne hopes will increase local participation and augment what he described as healthy stream of players coming […]

Local Firefighters Train for Rescues in Fiborn Karst Caves



Shortly into a rescue training session in the Fibron Karst Caves near Trout Lake, area firefighters realized that familiarizing themselves with the underground landscape was an arduous task in itself. The training to rescue cave explorers, held Monday, September 18, included 10 firefighters and was initiated by David F. Frazier, chief of the Garfield Township Fire Department. The Fiborn Karst […]

Housing Planners To Address Homelessness in Mackinac County



Eliminating homelessness in Mackinac, Chippewa, and Luce counties is the goal of a 10-year state plan under discussion by human service organizations, which met with the public Tuesday, September 19, to begin compiling ideas. The plan is a requirement of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and involves all 83 counties in Michigan. MSHDA provides funds for emergency shelters […]